Investing assets entrusted by the government, Bank of Korea and public funds in the global financial market
The Korea Investment Corporation was entrusted with USD 112.1 billion following its establishment in 2005, and has a net asset value of USD 183.1 billion as of the end of 2020.
First entrusted with USD 1 billion in 2006, KIC has consistently expanded its operating scale through stable and capable management.
Our assets under management at the end of 2020 totaled USD 183.1 billion on the back of excellent investment performance, marking a 16% increase from 2019.
Following a principle of diversification, KIC manages a portfolio that is 84.7% traditional assets and 15.3% alternative assets, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure and hedge funds.
Our alternative assets, which have a low correlation with traditional assets and tend to pursue relatively higher returns, grew to USD 27.9 billion in 2020, or 14% (USD 3.4 billion) year-on-year. The proportion of our alternative assets, however, decreased slightly to 15.3% at the end of 2020 from 15.6% the previous year due to high returns on traditional assets (14.6%) last year.
(USD billion, %)
|Alternative assets||Private equity||11.8||6.5|
|Real estate and infrastructure||10.2||5.6|
KIC’s return on assets in 2020 stood at 13.71%, with a five-year annualized return of 8.96% and an annualized return since inception of 5.22%.
|Return on total assets
|Return on total assets
The return on traditional assets in 2020 was 14.62%, +144 bps compared to the benchmark.
|Category||2016||2017||2018||2019||2020||Annualized return for the past five years(’16-’20)||Annualized return since inception|
|Excess return (bp)||-95||129||-81||33||144||19||26|
|Excess return (bp)||-232||122||-71||6||261||7||5|
|Fixed income||Return (%)||1.46||8.00||-1.32||7.53||9.88||5.02||4.38|
|Excess return (bp)||29||72||-13||73||78||48||32|
Annualized return since inception: 7.70%
* Total includes commodities (categorized as traditional assets since April 2011)
|Equities||Morgan Stanley Capital International All Country World Index ex Korea (unhedged)|
|Fixed income||Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index ex KRW ex Korea (unhedged)|
|Inflation-linked bonds||Bloomberg Barclays Global Inflation-linked Bond Index|
|Cash||ICE BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month US Treasury Bill|
|Private equity||Morgan Stanley Capital International All Country World Index ex Korea (unhedged) + 2%, 3 months lagged|
|Real estate · infrastructure||G7 inflation rate + 4%, 3 months lagged|
|Hedge funds||BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month US Treasury Bill + 3.5%, 1 month lagged|